Mac is back
FLEETWOOD MAC The whole gang – minus Christine McVie, who hasn’t performed with the band in more than a decade – is back on the road with one of rock’s most indelible catalogs. From “Go Your Own Way” and “Dreams” to “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” they’ve all been on recent set lists for this tour.
April 18, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $47-$147. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,
POP & ROCK
BLEACHED Sisters Jennifer and Jessica Clavin tear it up on their feisty new debut, “Ride Your Heart,” summoning the spunk of the Runaways with the guitar jangle of punk bands like the Ramones. April 21, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. T.T. the Bear’s. 617-492-2327, www.ticketweb
THE JOY FORMIDABLE On “Wolf’s Law,” its new sophomore album, this Welsh rock trio continues to mine the magic of singer Ritzy Bryan’s slinky vocals combined with the crushing guitar assault behind her. Blood Red Shoes and You Won’t open. April 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 in advance. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
KENDRICK LAMAR Presented by Karmaloop and dubbed the Verge Campus Tour, this multi-artist performance includes rapper Lamar, still riding high from last year’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” along with sets by DJs Steve Aoki and 5 & A Dime, and Boston’s own Bad Rabbits. April 21, 8 p.m. Tickets: $42, $37 in advance. Tsongas Center, Lowell. 866-722-8780, www.tsongascenter.com
FOLK, WORLD & COUNTRY
COLD SATELLITE It’s a band wrapped around a collaboration: poet Lisa Olstein hands what she will over to singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, who works them as he will into songs, which he then records with the band he recruited for that purpose. Foucault and company are touring in support of Cold Satellite's imminent sophomore release. April 18, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838- 3006, www.brown
BROWN BIRD The liners of Brown Bird’s new CD sport a portrait of Tom Paine, the man who inspired the album’s title. Like the group’s earlier efforts, “Fits of Reason” exudes cerebral lyrics (“Hitch” finds songwriter David Lamb riffing off the antitheism of the late polemicist Christopher Hitchens) and plenty of gypsy jazz and European sounds, while swinging toward a dominant, ominous electric guitar presence. Friday’s show celebrates the new disc. April 19, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Brighton Music Hall.
800- 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
DAKOTA DAVE HULL Guitar virtuouso Dakota Dave Hull calls what he does “classic American guitar.” That’s an accurate description for an omni-stylist who incorporates elements of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and classic pop into the music he writes and plays. April 19, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Loring-Greenough House, Jamaica Plain.
413- 658-4585, www.sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic
GIPSY KINGS Their name reflects their lineage: two sets of brothers who grew in the south of France with gypsy heritage and with musical fathers (one named “Reyes,” which translates as “kings”) who were themselves a famous flamenco duo. Over the last 20 years, the Kings have crafted a legacy of their own with “rumba Gitano,” their peculiar mix of flamenco, Latin, and pop. April 21,
8 p.m. Tickets: $49.50 - $75. House of Blues. 800-745-3000, www.livenation
JAZZ, BLUES & CABARET
RANDY WESTON The great pianist and composer is deeply influenced by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, as well as by his immersion in African music. With the NEC Jazz Orchestra (dir. Ken Schaphorst), he’ll perform such well-known originals as “Blues to Africa,” “Hi-Fly,” and “Little Niles,” all arranged by his long-time collaborator, the marvelous Melba Liston. April 18, 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic
BACA CABARET FEST 2013 The Boston Association of Cabaret Artists presents professional and aspiring vocalists in five programs of five performers each, singing sets with such titles as “Movies and Memories,” “A Tribute to Mario Lanza,” and “To Russia With Love.” April 19, 8 p.m.; April 20, 6 and 8:30 p.m.;
April 21, 3 and 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 -$15 per show; $60 Weekend Pass. First Parish Church, 35 Church St., Watertown Square. 866-639-9410, www.boston
AARDVARK JAZZ ORCHESTRA The progressive big band’s historic 40th season culminates with “Echoes & Resonance,” a celebration of 50 years of Jazz at MIT, featuring compositions by director Mark Harvey originally commissioned for soloists Joe Lovano, Herb Pomeroy, and Ran Blake. Plus more, including Mercer Ellington’s rarely heard “Moon Mist.” April 20, 8 p.m. Free. Kresge Auditorium, MIT Campus, Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-452-3205, www.aardvark
The Guggenheim fellow and poll-winning alto saxophonist, among today’s most exciting and innovative composers and improvisers, adventurously melds jazz with the music of his South Asian heritage.
April 24, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA This week orchestra members will lead themselves in works by Mozart, Dvorak, and Tippett, and BSO assistant conductor Andris Poga will make his debut leading Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” April 18-23. Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200, www.bso.org
BOSTON PHILHARMONIC Benjamin Zander and his orchestra take on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the Chorus Pro Musica and vocal soloists Michelle Johnson, Sarah Heltzel, Yeghishe Manucharyan and Sam McElroy. April 19, 8 p.m.; preconcert talk at 6:45 p.m. Symphony Hall. 617-236-0999, www.bostonphil.org
BOSTON BAROQUE Martin Pearlman conducts an all-Haydn program, featuring the Symphony No. 102 alongside the “Lord Nelson Mass,” with vocal soloists Mary Wilson, Abigail Fischer, Keith Jameson, and Kevin Deas. April 19-20. Jordan Hall.
CHIARA QUARTET The Chiara is joined by pianist Robert Levin for a performance of works by Haydn, Dvorak, and Edgar Barroso. April 19. Sanders Theatre. Free but passes are required. 617-496-2222, www.music.fas.harvard.edu/calendar.